The reports suggesting that Team India players are not happy with the strict quarantine in Brisbane ahead of the fourth Test has been a major talking point in the buildup to the final Test of the series. The reports surfaced even before the start of the third Test and have been one of the major talking points since then.
Team India had undergone a strict 14-day quarantine upon their arrival in Australia in November and have been compelled to do the same in Brisbane in the wake of the recent outbreak in Australia. Sydney witnessed the outbreak last month while new cases of UK mutant strain were found in the Queensland capital.
And ahead of the fourth Test, Australia skipper Tim Paine also spoke on the quarantined life of the players. The wicketkeeper-batsman admitted that life inside a bio-bubble could be challenging for the Indian team in an alien land without family. At the same time, he stated that his own players, including Steve Smith, have also endured similar difficulties since the Indian Premier League in the UAE.
On Wednesday, Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc’s wife and Southern Stars international Alyssa Healy had mocked the Indian team for the alleged complaints about Brisbane quarantine. Her comments were in reaction to the reports that Indian team were not provided with even the basic facilities in the hotel. Speaking about the issue, Tim Paine said that he has personally not heard any complaint from the Indian players.
“I haven’t seen those comments and frankly speaking never read any comments from the Indian players. It’s been challenging for everyone and more so for them, to be in a different country and more away from their families,” Tim Paine said.
“I know the difficulties they must be going through and I know Steve Smith and Pat Cummins are in the same shoes as them. It is difficult but haven’t heard anything directly from Indian players,” added Tim Paine.
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